Alumni Stories

Graduates from our open programs join our growing and committed network of Social Leadership Australia alumni. They are all exercising leadership in unique ways.

Alumni Stories

Tom Nance: A shift in my mindset when I approach the challenges in my life

This year, Tom Nance was able to experience the Sydney Leadership program due to generous funding from our alumni. Tom is currently Strategic Initiatives Project Manager at Western Sydney Community Forum. Here he talks about his experience with the Sydney Leadership program; "My career has advanced in leaps and bounds, and with the confidence and skills I obtained through the course I was able to advocate for more responsibility and transition into a formal leadership role smoothly." MORE >

Jono McCauley: Confidence and inspiration to start a new business

Jono McCauley completed the Sydney Leadership program in 2007 and has since successfully set up his own advertising business, Elevencom. Jono says the Sydney Leadership program gave him the confidence and inspiration to start up his own agency. “I got an enormous charge out of Sydney Leadership” he says. “It gave me the confidence and inspiration I needed to start my own business. A component of that business is working with not for profits. Having control of the business – and supportive business partners – has allowed me to do that”.   MORE >

Antonia Seymour: Exercising leadership in a more impactful way

When Antonia embarked on the Sydney Leadership program in 2015 she was the Producer and Development Manager at Urban Theatre Projects. "At the time I was in a middle management role and I had a sense that I couldn’t be a change agent without the formal authority to lead from the top. Sydney Leadership made me realise that I could affect change from my current position, and gave me the tools and mindset to put thoughts into action."   MORE >

Georgia Cordukes : Improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through creative collaboration.

Drawing upon her diverse and deep experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, Georgia successfully brings new initiatives to life with courage and determination. She is passionate about collaborating with creative and passionate people to create projects that empower, engage and change perceptions.   MORE >

Cat Thao Nguyen - From refugee to ... Corporate and International Leadership

Cat Thao Nguyen is an Alumna from Sydney Leadership 2005. These days she resides in Vietnam where she is Director of Ernst of Young Law, Vietnam. Cat has recently launched her first book, We Are Here, a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam. Cat Thao Nguyan was born in a refugee camp ... and she went on to hold a corporate leadership role in Australia and now Vietnam. MORE >